Annual Conference to Vote on UMC Constitutional Amendments


United Methodists meeting in this year’s annual sessions will vote on 32 proposed constitutional amendments, many of them related to the denomination’s structure as a global body.

Members of the North Georgia Annual Conference as well as delegates to the other 61 U.S. annual conferences and the 73 conferences in Africa, Europe and Asia will consider 23 amendments approved by the 2008 United Methodist General Conference, the denomination’s top legislative body. The amendments, proposed by the Task Force on the Worldwide Nature of the Church, are for the creation of regional conferences to establish a uniform denominational structure.

The remaining nine amendments are related to church and conference membership; annual and jurisdictional conference composition, including boundaries; inclusiveness of the church; representation of newly created conferences at general, jurisdictional and central conferences; the judicial council; episcopal elections; fiduciary responsibility; and clergy participation in the election of delegates to general, jurisdictional and central conferences.

Information on the amendments will be presented by members North Georgia's General Conference Delegation at each District Pre-Conference Meeting.